Field Hockey

College field hockey is the ultimate way to combine your studies with high level field hockey. Would you like to learn more about field hockey, the opportunities, requirements and more? Check out this page or sign up for a personal meeting with our team!

College field hockey in the USA

Over 300 universities in the United States offer field hockey scholarships to girls (college field hockey is not offered for guys) who would like to combine field hockey and studies at a high level!

Playing college field hockey in the U.S. is the perfect way to improve your game, become stronger mentally and physically, build a network of international friends and earn a university degree that will lay the foundation for a successful career, whether on or off the field.

How does college field hockey work?

College field hockey is different than ‘regular’ field hockey, both in organization and atmosphere. You don’t play for a club, but you represent your university’s team. Each team typically consists of 23 girls, who train with each other almost every day and compete against other universities in regular and conference games. All teams try to qualify for the national tournament. A typical college field hockey game consists of four 15-minute quarters. The rules in college field hockey are a bit different:

  • Games cannot end in a tied score, and so games will always continue in overtime.
  • In overtime, both teams have 7 players (including goalkeeper) on the field. The first team that scores in overtime wins.
  • In case neither of the teams scores, the game will end in shootouts.

Additionally, a big difference is the atmosphere. Team members and fans are very loud, supporting each other and often shouting encouraging chants while the games are going on – the energy level is high

Slamstox college field hockey players in the USA

Slamstox has placed many field hockey players at American universities. Our field hockey players include girls who played at the highest national level, like Sarah Sinck, and girls who play at the regional level, like Brittany Lionarons. Our players attend universities all over the United States, from California to the Northeast. Slamstox Field Hockey specialist Kim van der Meulen has been on this adventure her self, curious about her story? Check it over here!

College field hockey fun facts

  • At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the United Sates women’s field hockey team consisted of 17 (ex-) field hockey players!
  • Together with Slambassador Mink van der Weerden (captain of the Dutch national team), Slamstox organizes field hockey clinics and showcases.
  • As opposed to most other sports, college field hockey is not played in every U.S. state. It is concentrated mostly in California and the Northeastern states. Many Southern states such as Florida, Georgia and Mississippi are not home to universities that offer field hockey programs.

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Requirements & Scholarships

The college field hockey system is divided into multiple divisions across which over 300 university teams are represented. Therefore, the level of field hockey varies top amateur players and girls in the U18 national teams to players who compete at the regional level. Slamstox has placed players from all different levels.

Academic requirements

To play college field hockey you have to graduate high school. Depending on your country and your academic background, we can select a university and a college field hockey pathway that fits your academic standard.

American universities offer a wide range of courses catered towards different education levels. So, as long as you meet the requirements, we will be able to help you find a university that matches your level and your area of interest. Are you not sure whether you meet the requirements? Feel free to contact us.


Studying at an American university can cost up to $75,000 per year. However, almost all universities with a field hockey team offer athletic (and academic) scholarships to cover these costs.

Slamstox helps you find scholarships so that your college field hockey experience will be financially affordable. Some Slamstox players receive full scholarships, which means they do not have to pay anything for four years of field hockey and studies. Others receive partial scholarships that cover part of the total cost of attendance. Your scholarship depends on your athletic level, academic level, wishes and ambitions.

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How does Slamstox help me?

Slamstox guides you and your parents through the complete process of becoming a college field player and we help you find field hockey and academic scholarships at a university in the United States.

We create your full (online) player profile and use our extensive network of over 1,000 college field hockey coaches to find a university that matches your level, wishes and requirements.

Additionally, we create your college field hockey recruiting video, organize tournaments, showcases and practices, and we help set up a personalized plan which will put you on the radar of college coaches who are looking for new players.

Slamstox organizes showcases for American coaches. During these events, American coaches visit The Netherlands to scout our talent.

Career opportunities after college field hockey

After you finish your four years of college field hockey, there are many different opportunities for you to pursue, either on or off the court. Some of the best college players choose a professional career, while others focus on a career in their field of study (business, healthcare, technology, politics, etc).

Did you know that Slamstox can help you find a job after your college career in the US?

Would you like to learn more about us and what we do? Click here.

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